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18th Century Apartment with Fresco

Bedrooms 2
Space 968 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights
Popular Features
  • Washing Machine
  • Internet
  • Parking


About the property

A newly renovated lakeside retreat with genuine history all around.

Taking inspiration from years spent living in India, South America and the Middle East, my 18th century lakeside retreat is a newly renovated oasis of calm on the oldest street in Lesa. Everything has just been installed and inside you'll find fresh, white, high-thread count Italian linens woven locally and a brand new designer Italian kitchen waiting for you. My place is perfect for couples, solo adventurers, business travelers, and families.

During your stay in my apartment you will share the street with a 17th century foley, the town hall and a romantic botega.

The fresco of the virgin on the main facade is thought to be a later addition and dates from the early 19th century. It is believed to be the handy work of a local artist famed for his sacred art and other similar examples can be found in the churches of Lesa, Meina and Stresa.

The 90 square meter space can accommodate up to 4 comfortably and one or two more small ones at a push.

Interaction with Guests

Both myself and my locally resident housekeeper, Fernanda will be on call. between us we speak English, Italian, French, Spanish an Arabic.

The Neighborhood

There’s a balcony on the front for breakfast and another at the back for an early evening and sunset over the roofs. From both there are partial views of the lake which is a 50m stroll down the hill. There you'll find plenty of food options including the popular Il Rapanelo fish restaurant, a delightful local deli and much more besides, all with stunning views over the lake.

Other attractions in the area include Armani, Lora Piano, Alessi and Belora factory shops. There are around 30 golf courses around the lake, many of them situated in breathtaking mountain locations with very reasonable green fees. Ziplines, summer toboggans, boats of every conceivable kind and world class summer festivals from classical music in quarries to jazz in palace gardens. In the winter, there's local skiing on the hill behind Lesa itself and the world class pistes of Switzerland begin within an hour’s drive. On the way back id recommend stopping off at the newly renovated thermal spas. Further afield you'll find Portofino, the via ferata of the Dolomites and even Monaco, Venice and the French Riviera all within a 3 1/2 hour drive or less. I truly believe this is the best corner of Europe, which is why, having traveled and filmed holiday locations across the globe, I finally bought my own piece of paradise here. After staying in my home I hope you will agree and fall in love with the area as much as I have.

Getting Around

Lesa really is the perfect place to explore the huge range of options Lago Maggiore has to offer. Desirably placed between hip Arona with its multitude of fashion stores and refined Stresa with its excellent summer festival and trains to Milan central in under an hour, I'd recommend taking a hire car from Malpensa (reachable in around 45 mins). Parking is free, easily accessible and without restriction 50m from the apartment. If you prefer, it's equally possible to explore the area by bus with regular services operating around the lake from the stop just 100m from the front door of the apartment.

Other Things to Note

Extras such as an iron and hair dryer available on request. I will do my best to satisfy any special request you may have. Wifi is available for guests booking longer stays.

More Details

Edward Thomas
Member since: 2016
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Italian, Arabic
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
12 June, 2018

About Edward Thomas

I'm a Cambridge-educated TV Director from Britain's Peak District. I've lived in Qatar for 6 years having spent the first 10 years of my career filming around the world for UK productions.

Edward Thomas purchased this apartment in 2015

Why Edward Thomas chose Lesa

I fell in love with the area on a short filming trip 9 years ago. It took 5 years to find the right place and a couple more to convince the previous owners to sell. It combines everything I wanted from a lakeside location and history to the convenience of being close to Malpensa and amazing food and sporting activities.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment at Lesa at Province of Novara

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
  • Self-catering
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 968 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible / Check-out: Flexible
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • smoking allowed ...
  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Double Bed
    Bedroom 2 - 2 Single Bed , 1 single bed and 1 1 1/2 bed (UK queen size bed)
  • A baby bed/infant's cot is also available. Please let us know if buy require it so we can get it ready for your arrival. An adjustable child's high chair (Stokke Tripp Trapp) is also in the apartment for you.
  • Books ...
  • Television
  • Balcony ...
  • Golf ...
  • Ski & Snowboard ...
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible


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Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment at Lesa, Verbania / Verbano-Cusio-Ossola

Rental Basis:
per property
Owner accepts payment in:
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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Summer Peak Season
15 Jul 2018 - 16 Sep 2018
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£125 **
£780 **
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add £10 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
£100 **
£575 **
Notes: Rates are based on 4 guests; add £15 per night, per additional guest

Additional pricing information

cleaning fee £55
Refundable Damage Deposit £200
more than 2 people £ 10 per person per night

You're welcome to smoke on the front and rear balconies only please.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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